Victims' Lives Matter? Seemingly not, judging by this week's display of contempt for the rules and for reality. The funeral of Bobby Storey - just the latest stark example of paramilitary privilege.
Rules don't apply to those who feel themselves on a higher rung of societal importance than the rest of us. So no thought there for the victims of Covid. Or of conflict.
The PIRA to which Bobby Storey belonged was a terrorist outfit that murdered hundreds of men, women and children and maimed many thousands more.
One of the telling things about terror groups on both sides, republican and loyalist, is that while they're always eager to associate themselves with the notion of their "war" or their "armed struggle" or whatever they choose to call it, they're not so happy to acknowledge the specifics thereof.
The IRA will talk about how they took the "war" to the "British Crown forces".
Not so much mention, however, about all those people they slaughtered in what was primarily a gruesome sectarian killing spree.
They're more comfortable boasting about escape from the Maze than - to take just one all-but-forgotten example of their savagery - the bombing of a furniture showroom on the Shankill that claimed the lives of four people, two of them babies.
It's that latter sectarian reality which republicans would prefer to be airbrushed from the picture.
Thus, come hell or coronavirus, Bobby Storey and others like him have to be given the grand send-off to reinforce the notion that here lies a soldier.
Not a henchman in a brutal terror gang.
When you consider the utter disdain, the kick-in-the teeth contempt Sinn Fein have shown in the last few days, not just for the entire community but also for their own community, you have to wonder what possessed them?
The republican movement is generally seen as an outfit fairly hot on image management.
Yet here was the leader of one of Ireland's major political parties alongside the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland showing callous disregard for the very regulations which they have been spearheading north and south.
One rule for ourselves alone, another for the rest of us.
When, at the beginning of the current crisis, Michelle O'Neill was asked in Stormont by Jim Allister what he was to say to a constituent, a young mother whose cancer treatment had been cancelled, Mrs O'Neill's voice broke with emotion.
I wrote at the time how I was moved by her response. Here was the human face of politics; a reflection of the enormous responsibility placed upon our public representatives amid this terrible pandemic.
I don't think Michelle O'Neill is a heartless woman. But she let the whole community down this week. She let herself down. She let down that young mother whose plight touched her.
She can talk until she's green in the face about how those who have criticised her are engaging in political point-scoring.
But everybody knows it is about much more than that. Covid has demanded too much of too many. Sinn Fein arrogantly maintain Storey's funeral was organised "in accordance with his grieving family's wishes".
What about the wishes of other grieving families?
I've a friend whose brother died recently from cancer. She told me about his funeral - only a handful of relatives able to attend - and she having to hold up a phone to stream that pitifully small graveside service to her other sister who wasn't allowed to attend. The clergyman, she said, was crying...
That's just one distressing example of the price paid by those who did adhere to the guidelines to protect their neighbours.
Michelle and Mary Lou knew they'd be rightly criticised. They went ahead anyway.
So why did they?
Because the republican narrative of the IRA as some sort of benign old boys' club for armed strugglers demanded it.
Paramilitary privilege trumps victims' lives.
It always has.
President Vladimir Putin has just won a dubious election in Russia which will see him remain in office until 2036. Assuming he lives that long. Or possibly, even if he doesn’t.
This is the man known for wrestling with tigers and the gratuitous baring of the presidential chest on fishing expeditions in Siberia.
In Washington, meanwhile, President Donald Trump has been addressing the compelling issue of how he looks in a mask. He’s tried on a black one, he says, and he thinks he looks good in it. He can even spot a resemblance to the Lone Ranger.
And speaking of lone leaders...
In China there’s only one Xi Jinping. Which has become a bit of a problem for the hapless Liu Keqing, a well-known opera singer from Beijing who, unfortunately for him, bears a striking resemblance to President Xi.
Official advice is that he must stop this nonsense immediately.
Solely on account of the fact that he’s a Xi lookalike (even if he doesn’t want to be) poor Mr Liu has had his social media accounts censored.
His TikTok has been deleted.
It’s not as if Mr Liu has referred to the President as “a steamed bun”, which is apparently a common online insult directed at the top man. For now the singer is adopting the very wise strategy of keeping his head down and his mouth shut about Xi who must be obeyed.
Good to know that in these testing times of global emergency those who lead the world are focused on the truly important things.
Outside a hotel in the US some years ago I got chatting to the Brazilian doorman. When I told him where I was from his eyes lit up. "That's where my hero comes from - the greatest sportsman of all-time." I'm thinking he's Brazilian... so that would be football... so, George Best? He shook his head. "Joey Dunlop."
I doubt if the modest Armoy man, whose death occurred 20 years ago, fully realised how much the world loved him. But listening to his lovely daughter Dawn pay heartfelt tribute to him this week, he surely knew how much his family did.
Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-girlfriend of convicted paedophile the late Jeffrey Epstein has finally been arrested by the FBI. She was living in a secluded mansion called, ironically, Tucked Away.
Obviously not far enough away. What stories has Ghislaine to tell? Doubtless a number of high-profile men, Prince Andrew among them, will be sweating to see.
She knew an awful lot of powerful people and presumably she knows their secrets. The question now is whether she'll keep those secrets tucked away.